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VIPD: Nia Simmonds Charged In Attack On Lockhart Gardens’ McDonald’s Worker Last Week

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police arrested a teen-aged drive-thru customer who allegedly attacked a St. Thomas McDonald’s worker after she was told she’d have to pick up the rest of her breakfast order inside the restaurant.

Nia Simmonds, 19, of Charlotte Amalie, was arrested on Monday at 6:30 p.m. and charged with third-degree assault, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

The victim, who is an employee of McDonald’s Lockhart Gardens reported that she was assaulted at her workplace by Nia Simmonds, who pulled up in McDonald’s drive through with a minor in the vehicle about 8:48 a.m. on April 9.

“The victim advised Ms. Simmonds that she would need to come inside of the establishment to get the remaining of her order,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said. “Ms. Simmonds then drove out of the drive through, parked up her vehicle and entered the establishment.”

Once inside McDonald’s, Simmonds stood near the counter walkway waiting for the worker and then struck the victim around the left eye “causing an orbital fracture and contusion to the left eye.,” Dratte said.

Simmonds was transported by police to the Richard Callwood Command after her arrest, according to the VIPD.

Her bail was set at $25,000. Failing to post bail, she was booked, processed and turned over to the Bureau of Corrections pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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